Category Archives: Assimilation

Just Keep Swimming- Message for new TAPIFers

You might think “France? What’s so difficult about living in France? That would be a dream!” You’re not completely wrong. Living in France can be dreamy. Having just arrived, it probably is pretty dreamy right now. It’s probably not as … Continue reading

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Reverse culture shock: Becoming [American]

To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting any reverse culture shock. Silly of me? Well, perhaps. I knew it would be difficult to leave France and have to start over, but I would keep occupied with my move to DC and experiencing … Continue reading

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Blinded by history

My last day in Nîmes, I woke up just knowing there was no way I would ever make my train. Stepping into the post office as soon as it opened, I confirmed this fear. The post woman was trying to … Continue reading

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Bulls, bulls, bulls

Camille came down from Paris to visit me in Nîmes for Easter (holy flapjacks am I behind on posts). To celebrate the day before Easter, we were off to the bulls! Arles was celebrating Easter with the Féria de Pâques. We … Continue reading

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You have to say goodbye if you want to say hello

My heartstrings are being torn every which way to the point my heart feels it must burst. I prefer to think that it won’t burst; that instead, it will stretch, growing larger so it can contain all the sentiments it feels. It is a … Continue reading

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Grateful to have people to miss

Today was my last time at the aumônerie in Nîmes. The next meeting will happen after I’ve left the country. I am so grateful that I made so many friends through the aumônerie and I will miss them dearly. I … Continue reading

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Becoming [French]: Thinking French

When I write “thinking French”, I don’t mean thinking IN French. Yes, this certainly is a helpful linguistic skill, but I mean learning to think like a person raised in main-stream culture France. Here are some tips to get you … Continue reading

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